At the Public Library Association Judith Sage and Chrissy Bellizzi introduce the new Global Literature in Libraries Initiative.
the goal of increasing awareness of international literature within the library community, with a special emphasis on contemporary fiction
So if you’ve enjoyed my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction then this is definitely something to keep an eye on.
I recently had the honor and pleasure of participating in a ‘Conversation with Tyler’ — Tyler Cowen — and it is now online.
You can now:
- Watch the entire conversation
- Read or listen to it
- And watch me answer some of the questions Marginal Revolution readers had which Tyler didn’t get to
They’ve announced the 13-title-strong longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, selected from 155 (unrevealed) submissions.
This is the major (now-)international prize for an English-language novel (published in the UK), and the longlist is a mix of very big names (including Nobel laureate Coetzee) and some less well-known ones. Very little from outside the dominant US-UK axis, however …..
In The Observer Rachel Cooke writes about The subtle art of translating foreign fiction and six translators of some of the most popular recent translations discuss their work. Well worth a look !
At French Culture they have this year’s installment of ‘French Books in the US’, listing all the translations of French books published in the US this year; see the summary-overview, or the full list [pdf]
At Foreign Policy they ‘asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities’, and now offer the responses, in Around the World in 40 Books. Continue reading